- Reviews: 1435
One of the highlights of my trip to Tunisia was camping in the Sahara Desert. My birdwatching group traveled by four-wheel-drive vehicles across the sand dunes to Jebil National Park, 60 miles (97 kilometers) south of the desert town of Douz. After spending the day looking for desert birds, we camped among the sand dunes of the Great Eastern Erg, a vast sea of sand dunes in southern Tunisia.
Our individual tents were set up among the small dunes. However, the blankets that were provided had sand in them, and the floors of the tents were partially covered with sand. It was almost impossible to keep the sand out of our clothing and other possessions.
As the sun set over the desert, Berbers who worked for a local trekking company prepared a meal of soup, couscous, bread, and tea over an open fire. Because the "kitchen" was set up among the sand dunes, there was grit in the soup, couscous, and bread. (The bread was baked Berber style. The dough was placed directly on the embers of the dying fire and covered with sand. After about 20 minutes, it was ready, and the cook uncovered the bread and brushed off as much of the sand and embers as he could).
Despite the hardships of camping in the sand, it was still a wonderful experience. At night the desert was absolutely silent. And because the nearest city was over 60 miles (97 kilometers) away, there was no light pollution. Therefore, the night sky was the clearest I have ever seen and the number and clarity of the stars was amazing.
- Reviews: 363
HOTEL FLORA PARK.: SMALL BUT ELEGANT.
Melia flora park is a four star hotel with a hundred rooms on three floors,this hotel is excellent.Decorated in bright and airy Arabic style,its a quiet and relaxing and the food is mouth watering.The staff really make you feel at home,there isn't alot of entertainment in the evenings but there is a Tunisian night once a week with belly dancers and singing and dancing.
The swimming pool is one of the best we have seen,there is also an indoor pool,a snack bar beside the pool,sun loungers,a moorish cafe,two restuarants a beautiful lounge and cocktail bar and the bedrooms are very spacious with a lovely balcony.
- Reviews: 210
~ Marhaba Palace ~: ~ Luxury Hotel On the Beachfront ~
Gorgeous hotel set in a nice quiet area of Port El Kantaoui, wide range of meals at the buffet something to suit all tastes, not many facilities however there is a nightclub on site which have belly dancers & also a man who lies on a bed of nails aswell as lets people from the audience stab swords into him.... a great show & well worth seeing & of course its free.
Stunning views from the room of the lovely beach, Moorish cafe was great with excellent staff, excellent value for money at this hotel, Love the swimming pool, outdoor pool looks lovely & the indoor pool is set at 30 Degrees.
- Reviews: 1435
The Africa Jade Hotel
Located on the beach in Korba, the Africa Jade Hotel is decorated in an African motif, and has displays of African-style sculptures, carvings, artifacts, and pictures in the lobby and common areas. The lamp covers in the hallways are ceramic African masks. The hotel is beautifully decorated, but I felt like I was in a safari lodge in East Africa rather than a beach hotel in North Africa.
The hotel offers 243 rooms and 14 suites. Each room has a telephone, safe, satellite television, mini bar, hair dryer, air conditioning, and private balcony.
The Africa Jade Hotel offers a choice of dining options in four restaurants, including La Mandisa (international cuisine), Le Kianga (a pool-side snack bar), Le Méditerranéen (sea food), and Amigos (light snacks and local cuisine).
Guests can choose between three bars or cafes, including the Therma Bar (cocktails), the Anaya Bar (a pool-side cocktail bar), and the Ambra Café (offering Turkish coffee, Tunisian pastries, water pipes, and perfumes of the Orient).
- Reviews: 1435
The Hotel Tamaris
The two-star Hotel Tamaris is centrally located on the waterfront in Mahres. Because Mahres is not a tourist destination, the staff did not seem prepared for guests, and the hotel is rather run down. The rooms are adequate, although many had plumbing problems of one sort or another. Each room has a telephone, a television (with programming only in Arabic), and a private logia.
The Hotel Tamaris does have a pleasant restaurant, but the menu options are somewhat limited (we had fish every night) and the food was not great. The hotel's bar was a nice place to have a cold beer after birdwatching all day, but the service was very slow.
Although the Hotel Tamaris is located on the shore, there is no beach, but a salt marsh right behind the hotel (but this was a good place for birdwatching). And the hotel does have a pool, but it was half filled with water green with slimy alage.
- Reviews: 3950
Hotel Marhala: Houmt Souk, sleeping in a old fondouk
On our trip to Libya we took a flight to Djerba and travelled by road to the border. So we spent the first and last night in Houmt Souk, the main town at the north coast of the island.
We had a nice hotel in the middle of the souk of Houmt Souk. This former fondouk has a very scenic traditional collonaded courtyard with lovely palmtrees and flowering bougainvillea. The old souk with narrow alleys, cafés and restaurants is just around the corner.
All rooms are situated around the lovely courtyard in two floors. The courtyard has a very cosy and peaceful atmosphere.
- Reviews: 1435
The Grand Hotel de l'Oasis
With its signature yellow brick façade a local landmark, the Grand Hotel de l'Oasis is popular with trekking groups and those doing four-wheel-drive desert safaris. The hotel is conveniently located near the shopping areas in downtown Tozeur. The rooms are comfortable and clean, and each room has direct-dial international telephone service, satellite television, air conditioning, and private balcony.
The Grand Hotel de l'Oasis has a restaurant which offers an ample buffet and international cuisine. The bar is popular with trekking groups and local Muslims who have no qualms about having a beer now and then.
- Reviews: 1435
The Bizerta Resort
The four-star Bizerta Resort is centrally located on the corniche in downtown Bizerte. The four-story hotel offers 100 rooms and four suites. Each room features direct-dial international telephone service, satellite television, air conditioning, a mini bar, and a balcony. The rooms located in the rear of the hotel overlook the beach and the Mediterranean Sea.
Guests can get a meal in the hotel's restaurant, or a snack in its snack bar, tea salon, or coffee shop. And a cold beer taken in the bar is welcome relief after sightseeing in the sun all day.
- Reviews: 50
no name, no phone, no TV, only air conditionning: Salt Desert Inn
As you can see on the picture I was a very satisfied guest. The hotel is the smallest which I ever met and its situated in the saltlake Schott-el-Djerid near Tozeur. Of course its a joke, so dont try to make reservations !
- Reviews: 92
The Marhaba Palace: Affordable Luxury
The Marhaba Palace is part of a fairly large chain in Tunisia. I found it to be excellent in all respects and superb value for money. The food was always excellent and varied with a good mix of local and international dishes. The staff was some of the best I have encountered in hotels across the globe. Over all it really was the surprise of the holiday.
Superb Pool area that leads onto the beach
- Reviews: 3950
Hotel Marhala: Houmt Souk, in a caravanserai
In Houmt Souk many old fondouks or caravanserais are turned into cheap hotels, like hotel Marhala, where we stayed.
The doors of the rooms around the courtyard have the bright blue colour, you see in many places in Tunisia, like in Sid Bou Said. I liked the decoration on the door with the camel, showing the history of the place.
This old fondouk used allready to provide lodgings to pilgrims and merchants of the camel caravans in the old days. In the middle of the courtyard is a large cistern, providing water for the guests and animals.
Our room had a private toilet and shower behind a curtain.
- Reviews: 7545
El Mouradi: Unexpected desert beauty
The desert accomodation, during Sahara-tour, was a kind of "blind-date" to me. My agent told me the hotel is good but what I've found was above all of my expectations. El Mouradi is excellent hotel, something you do not expect far away from the major seaside touristic areas. In fact, it is much better then the most of the hotels I saw on the seashore of Tunisia.
The room is huge and air conditioned with perfect bathroom and great view over nearby desert. The service is among the best I had in whole Tunisia, but most of all, I was fascinated by the pool which is real beauty of the hotel. There is nothing better then refreshing swimming in the pool after long day in the desert. Hotel El Mouradi is highly recommendable.
- Reviews: 153
Hotel Mehari: At the door of Sahara
Impressive location for a hotel at the door of Sahara. Nicely furnished, very clean rooms, with air conditioning and spacious bathroom.
Facilities: outdoor swimming pool, swimming pool with termal water, bar, gift shop.
Extremely rich and varied buffet, excellent food. There is also a Berber woman in a typical tent (inside the restaurant!) who makes for you very good Berber bread for free.
- Reviews: 929
Shems El Hana: El Hana Complex
The Shems El Hana is a four star hotel that is part of The El Hana Complex.Wich also contains the four star El Hana hotel and the three star El Hana Beach Hotel.The hotel was great,friendly staff,very nice food.
Its just at the beach,it has indoor and outdoor swimming pools,restaurants,entertainment etc
- Reviews: 1403
Tunisia has everything from 5* palaces to fleapits costing a dollar a night. For those of you who just want a bed in a secure room, somewhere to put bags and a bit of hot water, then cheap hotels abound in all towns. However, making the distinction between brothel, male-only and respectable is sometimes quite difficult. The red light districts are often hidden away in the medina somewhere, some cities like Sfax going as far as building a walled compound round them to keep out stray visitors. Male-only hotels have rooms with many beds, and you just pay for the bed. Expect to share, not to have much privacy, and for the room to stink of smoke. It may not be extremely clean, and of course if you are sharing with strangers, not 100% safe. These hotels are meant for locals working away from home, but foreigners won't be turned away. Hot water might not exist, and if it does, you'll have to pay extra for it. But, as these hotels are also to be found in the medinas, hammams are never far away. If they don't turn away female guests, they might ask you to pay for all the beds in a room, in which case you'd be better off elsewhere. Expect to pay around 5TD per bed
Moving up a step in cleanliness and respectability, but not always in price, are the hotels which rent out rooms rather than just beds and don't turn away female guests. Signs to look for are Qur'anic quotations in reception (which says it isn't a brothel) and female staff, either receptionists or cleaners. The best ones are family run. If there are communal washing facilities, a respectable place will have separate bathrooms for men and women. Some of the better ones have sinks and sometimes even showers en-suite. Expect to pay between 5 and 15TD for a room.
Medina hotels were fine for me in both Sfax and Tunis, although walking around at night was a bit unnerving. Locals warned me about the medinas after dark, whether they were being over cautious, I don't know, but the streets are dark and deserted from around 9pm onwards.Try to choose a hotel on a busy street which is both commercial and residential, so it will be busy at all times of day...I stayed in the middle of the souk in Sfax, but this was deathly quiet and lonely once the shops had shut. If you are worried about getting to your hotel at night, take someone with you...police were always hanging around Bab Diwan (Sfax) and Bab el-Bahr(Tunis), while shopkeepers are for the most part friendly and helpful and may well send a local boy to guide you through the maze of streets to your hotel if you ask nicely. Alternatively, stay in the new towns
Another thing to bear in mind is electricity. Not all hotel rooms in the cheaper places have plug sockets, so if you want to recharge batteries or mobiles, ask at reception. This seems to be quite a usual thing, judging by the number of mobiles charging up at reception in Hotel Milano!
In all hotels, you have to give your passport to reception. Some like to keep it for the duration of your stay, while others give it back to you once your registration card has been filled in and sent to the police. I had trouble in one place trying to get my passport back, as I needed to change some money...they weren't very happy about it, but then reasoned if I didn't change money, I wouldn't be able to pay the bill! You are also supposed to carry your passport with you at all times, which is almost impossible if you are required to leave it at reception too. Take photocopies to please everyone.
Hotel in Tunisian Arabic is "nezel" or "hotel". An "iqaama" or "residence" is similar to a pension or a b&b.
Book ahead in summer along the coast and in Tunis. Tunis has plenty of cheap hotels, so finding one eventually is not a problem, but with a rucksack in the hot sun it isn't much fun!
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